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APICS 2018 Highlights Diversity, Ethical Supply Chain


The leading conference will also feature prominent keynote speakers,
65+ dynamic educational sessions

the premier professional association for supply chain management, will
host its flagship event, APICS
, from September 30–October 2 in Chicago, Illinois. The
influential conference will bring together more than 2,000 professionals
from over 50 countries, covering all areas of the value chain. Attendees
can expect to make invaluable contacts with many of the world's most
respected organizations and elevate their knowledge in more than 65
dynamic educational
. With early bird pricing, attendees can enjoy discounted
tickets by
registering before July 31

APICS 2018 educational sessions align with the Supply
Chain Operations Reference
(SCOR) model, with sessions divided into
six buckets: Plan, Source, Make, Deliver, Return, Enable. Other
highlights from the upcoming conference include:

  • Keynote
    • Marc Randolph, a veteran Silicon Valley entrepreneur, advisor,
      investor and Netflix co-founder. "I intend to dispel the myth
      that, in order to be an innovator or a disruptor, you have to be
      from Silicon Valley or have a computer science degree," said
      Randolph of what he will discuss with attendees at APICS 2018.
      "I'm going to explicitly tell them things that they can try at
      home the day after they leave the conference — things that will
      allow them to be more innovative in their own work."
    • Connie Podesta, an award-winning author, former radio/TV
      personality and therapist. Her areas of expertise include sales,
      leadership, change, accountability and engagement. Podesta will
      discuss her take on change management during her keynote session.
      "Change is about staying in business and blowing away the
      competition," she said. "Change is not something to gripe and be
      scared about, but something to applaud and feel grateful for."
  • Women
    in Supply Chain Forum
    • APICS 2018 attendees can be an essential part of APICS's efforts
      to attract, promote and retain women in supply chain by joining
      the second annual Women in Supply Chain Forum, held Sunday,
      September 30, in conjunction with the main conference. The forum
      is open to all, and participants in this special gathering can
      network with one another and discuss opportunities and challenges
      to advance women in the field.
    2018 World Café – "Ethical and Sustainable Supply Chain"
    • APICS 2018 will host its World Café to facilitate a global
      discussion of an issue of importance. This year, participants will
      discuss the crucial questions all companies face as they develop
      their ethical and sustainable supply chain and operations
      management strategies. This is a unique opportunity for attendees
      from across the globe to discuss how incorporating ethical and
      sustainable supply chain practices can improve overall supply
      chain performance – and change the world.

In addition, conference attendees can qualify for up to 24 professional
development points toward the certification
 of their CPIM, CSCP, CLTD and/or APICS Fellows level
certifications. Attendees can also qualify for seven contact hours
towards the APICS
S&OP Education Certificate
by attending the pre-conference
Principles of S&OP seminar.

Visit the APICS
2018 website
to learn more about the event and register to attend.
Register before July 31 to take advantage of discounted pricing.


APICS is the association for supply chain management and the leading
provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate
supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience. The APICS Certified
in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM); APICS Certified Supply
Chain Professional (CSCP); APICS Certified in Logistics, Transportation
and Distribution (CLTD); and APICS Supply Chain Operations
Reference-Professional (SCOR-P) designations set the industry standard.
With more than 45,000 members and approximately 300 channel partners,
APICS is transforming the way people do business, drive growth and reach
global customers. For more information, visit

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